Meteorite Hits Aerogel (image) University of California - Davis Caption After using the algorithm to determine the filament structure of an aerogel -- a lightweight foam used in shielding electronic equipment in satellites -- the researchers were able to compute changes to its structural integrity by the simulated impact of a micrometeorite traveling at 10,000 miles per hour (red sphere on left). Credit Attila Gyulassy/UC Davis Copyright UC Regents Usage Restrictions May be used only with appropriate credit and to illustrate stories relating to this press release. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.